One-on-one meeting with coach inspires Dickerson’s game

February 8, 2016

Dallas Dickerson BasketballEven though she was averaging double figures and shooting the ball pretty well, Dallas Dickerson of Anchorage wasn’t satisfied.

She demanded more from herself and asked her basketball coach at Fort Lewis College what she could do to improve.

“He told me that he needed me to have a sense of urgency on both the offensive and defensive ends,” Dickerson told me. “He also told me that he wanted to see me step up as a verbal leader on the court.”

The 5-foot-8 sophomore guard has responded with her best stretch of play as a college player, highlighted by a career-high 24 points.

“I really took that whole conversation to heart. Though I have not perfected this goal by any means, I am working every game to improve these things every time I step on the court,” she said. “Since then I’ve tried to just be a spark that lights the intensity of my team while out there.”

The former Alaska Class 3A Player of the Year has averaged 15 points over the last nine games while draining .542 percent of her 3-pointers to keep Fort Lewis in contention for a spot in the RMAC Shootout.

“It’s honestly felt amazing,” Dickerson said of her play the last month. “The reason I believe is after the few games that I was able to start really showed what I was capable of doing at this level and gave me a sense of confidence to just play my game.”

Dickson, of ACS fame, has the third-best 3-point shooting percentage [.409], the fifth-highest free-throw percentage [.830] and ranks 13th in scoring [12.4].

“Most teams have started to scout and take way my set shots so I’ve had to really work on my one dribble jump shot and driving ability,” she said.

“However, most of the credit goes to my team. We know each other’s ability and really work to complement each other and get each other open. As the season comes to an end it forces a lot of us to step up to the challenge.”